When you regularly take visual notes, you may notice some of your drawings repeat themselves because they apply to a lot of different situations. This is called your visual library—it’s a mental bank of all the images you know how to draw and use on a regular basis.

Maintaining a visual library is helpful because you never know when you’ll need to draw something completely out of the blue! When you already know how to draw something, you don’t have to waste time looking up reference images in the moment to make sure you get it right.



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